Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

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LITERL_A

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

If HBOOK_A = 1: And would you say that... [Note: See answer to HTEXT_A for the name of the holy book inserted below.] (Q187)
  1) [Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word
  2) Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word
  3) Other (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 48.5% 48.5%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 46.3% 94.8%
Other (VOL.) 1.5% 96.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.7% 100%
Total N = 1371

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 or older TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 40.1% 51.0% 47.5% 46.6% 50.9% 53.3% 48.6%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 57.4% 46.8% 45.9% 49.2% 45.4% 37.2% 46.2%
Other (VOL.) 1.5% 0.0% 3.9% 1.1% 0.6% 1.3% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.0% 2.2% 2.8% 3.2% 3.1% 8.2% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1357


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $30,000 $30,000 to under $50,000 $50,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 73.7% 51.9% 48.6% 37.2% 34.3% 28.5% 48.9%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 22.3% 44.7% 48.5% 57.0% 58.7% 69.3% 47.1%
Other (VOL.) 0.6% 0.2% 2.2% 1.0% 2.7% 1.1% 1.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.4% 3.3% 0.6% 4.7% 4.3% 1.0% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1127


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 48.3% 57.0% 50.8% 62.2% 40.4% 48.6%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 46.4% 35.5% 43.8% 30.4% 56.3% 46.2%
Other (VOL.) 1.4% 6.3% 1.2% 0.2% 1.0% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.9% 1.2% 4.2% 7.1% 2.3% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1365


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other Christian (Mormon, Orthodox, Unitarian, self-identified as Christian) Other religion Atheist, agnostic, nothing in particular TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 55.8% 31.8% 54.7% 17.2% 49.5% 48.8%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 39.9% 61.8% 41.2% 70.1% 44.3% 46.1%
Other (VOL.) 1.5% 1.6% 1.7% 0.0% 1.4% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.8% 4.9% 2.4% 12.7% 4.8% 3.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1349


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than a high school diploma High school graduate Some college, no four-year degree Four-year college degree Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 71.5% 49.2% 44.8% 34.5% 34.4% 48.5%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 23.7% 46.0% 49.3% 60.1% 60.1% 46.2%
Other (VOL.) 0.8% 0.9% 3.2% 2.0% 0.0% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 4.1% 4.0% 2.7% 3.3% 5.5% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1366


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 45.8% 50.7% 48.5%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 50.7% 42.6% 46.3%
Other (VOL.) 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.0% 5.2% 3.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1371


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
[Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word 64.7% 53.4% 39.2% 39.7% 58.4% 48.0%
Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word 30.1% 41.0% 57.1% 56.2% 35.5% 47.3%
Other (VOL.) 1.5% 1.8% 1.5% 1.0% 0.0% 1.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.8% 3.8% 2.1% 3.1% 6.1% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1305